VIDEO: County Supervisors Call for Moratorium on Vaping Products

County Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Nathan Fletcher are proposing a ban on the sale and distribution of flavored tobacco made for electronic cigarettes, along with a moratorium on the sale and distribution of the e-devices in the county’s unincorporated area. They are encouraging cities in San Diego County to do the same. County public health officials are also advising people to stop vaping, as investigators continue looking into what’s causing a nationwide epidemic of respiratory illnesses among those that use the e-cigarettes or vaping products. There are currently more than 800 lung injury cases and 12 deaths associated with e-cigarette or vaping use. Teenagers have been the hardest hit. Nearly 2 out of 3 people affected by e-cigarette illnesses are 18-24 years old.

Suzanne Bartole is a multimedia designer with the County of San Diego Communications Office.